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Angry Tibetans step up protests

August 10, 2008

Hundreds detained as thousands of supporters march in India, Nepal
The Gazette (Montreal, Canada)
Reuters
August 8, 2008

A Tibetan monk clutches a portrait of Panchan Lama during his arrest
in Kathmandu yesterday. Thousands of angry Tibetans marched in the
capitals of India and Nepal yesterday, shouting slogans and waving
flags in protest against the Olympics being staged by China.

Thousands of furious Tibetans staged anti-China protests in the
capitals of India and Nepal yesterday, with hundreds detained by
baton-wielding police in Kathmandu, a day before the Olympic Games
open in Beijing.

In one of the biggest rallies in recent months, nearly 4,000
Tibetans, including maroon-robed nuns and monks, took to New Delhi's
streets, saying China had no right to hold the Games.

About 2,000 Tibetans and Nepali supporters staged anti-China protests
in the Nepali capital, Kathmandu. Police charged with batons raised
to break up the demonstration and detained 513 of the protesters -
337 men and 176 women - police said.

The demonstrators had staged a peaceful sit-in protest since early
yesterday but later refused to disperse, prompting police to charge
and beat them with bamboo sticks, a Reuters photographer at the scene said.

The Olympic torch was carried along the ancient Great Wall yesterday
after a tortuous and troubled route around the world. The torch relay
has often acted as a lightning rod for anti-China protests from
Tibetans and their supporters.

"China has failed to live up to the ideals of the Olympics, the
International Olympic Committee has failed to protect the Olympics
from China," Tenzin Yangdon, a Tibetan Youth Congress leader, shouted
at the rally in New Delhi. "It is also a failure for the world, how
could they allow China to stage the Olympics, symbolizing equality
among mankind."

Traffic came to a halt as protesters marched through the heart of
India's capital shouting: "Stop lying in Tibet" and "Games over, free Tibet."

Many waved the Tibetan flag and yellow "Free Tibet" caps as they
walked past hundreds of police officers guarding the streets.

India has been a centre of regular Tibetan protests for months.
Exiles have even scaled the walls of the Chinese embassy in New Delhi
at least twice since last August.

Yesterday, police officers with automatic weapons stood guard outside
the embassy, which was completely surrounded by barbed wire fences
and barricades to stop anyone entering.

The Dalai Lama, Tibet's spiritual leader living in exile in India,
supports the Beijing Olympics, but thousands of young Tibetans born
in India disagree.

In Dharamsala, the headquarters of the Tibetan government-in-exile in
northern India, at least 1,500 Tibetan monks and nuns marched in protest.

In Paris, police banned rights groups from demonstrating today
outside the Chinese embassy as President Nicolas Sarkozy heads to
Beijing for the Games' opening ceremony.

A coalition including media watchdog Reporters Without Borders had
called for a rally at the embassy today to urge China to release all
jailed dissidents, journalists and human rights activists.

But in a last-minute ruling, the Paris police department banned the
gathering, saying it wanted to prevent a repeat of "violent
disturbances" that broke out when the Olympic flame passed through
Paris in April.

Agence France-Presse contributed to this report
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